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Health Care Politicking in Perspective

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's a slam-dunk in the House, but it's destined to die in the Senate. Would Republicans be wise to back off the healthcare debate?

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It's A Free Country ®

Post-Ruling, Obama Takes GOP Line on Jobs as Romney Vows Repeal

Thursday, June 28, 2012

President Obama used one of the GOP’s favorite talking points against them in the wake of Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

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It's A Free Country ®

Chat Transcript: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision today affirms the constitutionality of Barack Obama's signature health care law and the individual mandate that was at the heart of the case.

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The Takeaway

Both Sides Prepare for Aftermath of the Supreme Court's Healthcare Ruling

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Supreme Court says they won't issue their ruling on President Obama's signature healthcare bill until next week, but that hasn't stopped both parties from preparing for the fallout. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says a ruling against the law presents challenges not just for Democrats, but for Republicans as well.

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The Takeaway

The Affordable Care Act: What's at Stake

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In the coming days, we'll soon know whether the Supreme Court will hand down their decision on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Tom Daschle explains how the Court's decision will affect you.

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The Takeaway

Too Fat to Work as a Health Professional?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade. 

And yet, the Victoria, Texas hospital has people across the country outraged. The reason: a hiring policy they instituted last year. In short, the policy requires potential employees to have a body mass index below 35. This means that a man who is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds would not meet the hospital’s hiring requirements.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Care, How To Do It Right

Friday, April 06, 2012

In his new PBS documentary, "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," T.R. Reid, veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, explores the places that manage to balance fiscal and physical health.

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On The Media

How Questioning "Obamacare's" Constitutionality Went Mainstream

Friday, March 30, 2012

When "Obamacare" first debuted, opponents of the legislation criticized its cost and reachnot the possibility that it might be unconstitutional. But this week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments on the mandated health care law. Brooke speaks to Politico's Josh Gerstein about how challenging Obamacare on constitutional grounds went from a zany fringe idea to a mainstream conversation.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Great expectations for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Obama administration's healthcare bill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Great expectations for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Obama administration's healthcare bill

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: There is No Right to Elective Treatments Like Contraception

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's absolutely wrong for the government to force a church to provide health coverage that covers birth control, in most cases. But it has nothing to do with religion.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Federal Healthcare and Contraception

Friday, February 10, 2012

Georgetown Professor E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, talks about Obama's proposal for religious institutions to cover contraception in their healthcare plans. 

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The Takeaway

Voters Across the Country Face Controversial Ballots

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Next week voters in Ohio, Mississippi and Maine will face a number of controversial ballot measures — from collective bargaining to health care to voting and abortion. In Ohio, a law limiting the collective bargaining of public employees is up for repeal. In Mississippi, they are fiercely debating whether a fertilized egg should be declared a person. Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country, joins previews these issues and talks about the potential impact on the 2012 election.

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The Takeaway

New Report Ranks America's Best Hospitals

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A new report ranks America's 405 best hospitals based on their quality of treatment for heart attacks, pneumonia, and other critical ailments. Some of the nation's leading health care providers are not on the list. Dr. Mark Chassin, president of the Joint Commission, the hospital certification organization that conducted the study, said, "We recognize that improvement has been happening across the country on these measures, but there are some hospitals that have achieved extraordinary levels of performance."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

David Ansell tells the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals, Chicago's Cook County Hospital—both a renowned teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city's uninsured. County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital covers more than 30 years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship there. Ansell writes of the doctors and patients, politics, and public health, and gives an account of a young doctor’s medical education in urban America, set against a backdrop of race, segregation and poverty.

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The Takeaway

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Medicaid

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Cuts to entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid are continue to be used as bargaining chips as the debate over the budget rages on in Washington. Already some states have begun cutting back their Medicaid programs. 

But a new study out today in the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that people on Medicaid see doctors more regularly, and are more financially stable and less depressed than the uninsured. These findings could be crucial selling points as lawmakers debate the effectiveness versus cost of the health program.

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It's A Free Country ®

Susan Page Previews This Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Even some of the freshman members of Congress do not seem to understand that raising the debt ceiling isn't only so you can borrow more money it's also that you can pay social security checks and so you can pay the troops on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is truly a critical measure. John Boehner can say that they're gong to raise the debt ceiling in the end—but he's got a caucus that's pretty resistant to the idea of doing that unless you have really enormous spending cuts and no tax hikes.

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Vermont's Single Payer Singularity

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, discusses Vermont's efforts to introduce a single payer healthcare system.

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WNYC News

Autism Advocates Push for Coverage Bill in Albany

Monday, April 04, 2011

April is Autism Awareness month, and advocates are pushing for new legislation in Albany sponsored by Autism Speaks that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for the developmental disorder.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYS Budget: Healthcare Spending

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, talks about the new budget agreement and its effect on New York's healthcare.

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The Takeaway

Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Health Care Law

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Another judge has struck down the Obama administration’s sweeping health care reform law. So far two federal judges have ruled in favor of the law’s legality, while two have ruled it unconstitutional. Twenty-six states' attorneys general brought this latest lawsuit and it’s unclear how the ruling will be interpreted in each of them. This time Judge Rodger Vinson, of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida ruled that the mandate to buy health insurance was so intertwined with the rest of the law that the entire act was unconstitutional.

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